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Posted on: February 4, 2019

Tips For Keeping Wildlife Away From Your Home

Many believe there was a bobcat sighting in Natick over the weekend. The administration is taking this time to remind everyone of the tips to keep your pets safe and keeping the wildlife away from your home.

  • Keep your pets secure (on a leash), particularly small pets that are a potential food source
  • Keep bird feeder areas clean as the seeds attract small animals on which they prey
  • Secure your garbage in barrels with tight fitting lids
  • Feed your pets indoors
  • Don't let them intimidate you and don't hesitate to scare or threaten them off with loud noises, bright lights, throwing a tennis ball, blowing a whistle or spraying them with a garden hose
  • Remove any fallen fruit from around fruit trees
  • Educate your neighbors on the steps they can take

According to the Mass Wildlife website (https://www.mass.gov/service-details/learn-about-bobcats), the bobcat is the only wild cat now found in Massachusetts. Bobcats are common in the central and western parts of the state, present in the northeast, and expanding into the southeast.

The bobcat is a medium-sized feline, approximately twice the size of a domestic house cat. It can be easily identified by its short, “bobbed” tail (up to 12 inches), prominent face ruff, and slightly tufted ears. Its coat of short, dense fur can vary from a yellowish to reddish brown with distinct or faint black spots along its flanks and white underparts that are also spotted with black. In summer, the fur tends to be shorter and more reddish in color, becoming longer and much paler in the winter, although there can be much variation in color among individuals. Adult bobcats weigh 15–35 pounds and measure 28–47 inches in length. Size varies depending on sex, as male bobcats are approximately 33% larger than their female counterparts.

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